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Joe Hilton's Picks for April 2014

by Joe Hilton
Kids Corner Librarian

Words With Wings
by Nikki Grimes

Gabriella has always been a daydreamer and when Gabby moves to a new home and a new school her tendency to daydream only increases. Gabby writes heart felt short poems abut the hardship of moving, making new friends while trying to adjust to a new school. Grades 4-8
 

Toppling
by Sally Murphy

John is really interested more like obsessed in setting the world record for knocking down dominoes. He spends hours designing patterns to topple them over and then hanging out with his buddies. When one of his close friends at school falls sick John is lost on what can he do for him. Grades 4-6
 

May B.
by Caroline Starr Rose

When the Betterly family’s wheat crop fails twelve-year-old May is taken out of school and hired to help out on their new neighbors Kansas homestead just until Christmas. When May is abandoned she must prepare for the oncoming winter all alone. Grades 4-6
 

Serendipity & Me
by Judith Roth

When 12-year-old Sara finds a beautiful kitten left as a gift for her she has one week to convince her father to break his no-cats rule and let her keep the kitten. Without explanation her father insists that Serendipity must go. Sara wants to know why cats are forbidden in the house. Slowly the story unfolds a bit at a time. Grades 5-8
 

The Dancing Pancake
by Eileen Spinelli

Bindi’s mini-journal is written like small little poems that gives us her point of view. Bindi’s mother and her Aunt Darnell are going to go into business together, running a café. Bindi and her mother will go to live in the apartment above the café and Bindi wondering will this new life ever feel normal? Grades 4-6
 

Like Bug Juice On A Burger
by Julie Sternberg

Nine-year-old Eleanor's grandmother is sending her to summer camp. At first she is excited to attend but once she gets there, Eleanor finds she hates the food, the insects, swimming lessons, and her sleeping area. As the days go on she realizes that maybe being at camp isn't so bad after all, and it is full of special surprises. Grades 3-4
 

Weather
by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Easy Reader)

have fun and learn more about weather with a collection of poems describing various weather conditions, the sun, wind, clouds, rain, fog, and snow and ice by different authors. Grades 1-3
 

Sports! Sports! Sports!
by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Easy Reader)

A dynamic collection of poems celebrates the highs, lows, happiness and pain of baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, skating, swimming, and running races. Grades 1-3

 

 


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